Book conservation for beginners II

Course Dates: 06/02/20 - 09/04/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Gavin Moorhead

Learn how to repair cloth case volumes and ’perfect’ bindings. Identify and repair different book structures such as hollow and tight backed books and how to pare and tone leather for book repair.


What is the course about?

This is an introductory course covering the basic structure of paper-, cloth- and leather-bound books. Conservation terminology and principles will be explained and applied to the repair of individual items.

What will we cover?

The course will cover the initial assessment and repair of a bound text: the cleaning and repair of paper, sewing of text-blocks, mending and attachment of boards and the re-backing of cased volumes and repair of perfect bindings.
The paring and staining of leather will also be covered.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Undertake paper repairs
- Remove old spines from books
- Repair paperback books
- Re-back cloth-covered books
- Pare and stain leather.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for students who have undertaken an introductory course in book repair and conservation and
wish to develop their skills and interests further.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for
health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use
numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group tuition and demonstration, and individual attention as required. Some handouts will be provided, but you will be expected to keep and use your own working notes.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You should provide a book to work on, and have this available at the beginning of the course. The bindery is equipped with most tools, but you will be expected to use your own hand-tools. Guidance will be given on the first day as to what is required and appropriate. The class has some materials which may be bought, and you will be given guidance for providing your own.If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Your tutor will be able to advise you on suitable further bookbinding courses at City Lit such as VD202, VD203 and VD204, VD245, VD246 & VD247.

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VD325

Thu, eve, 06 Feb - 09 Apr '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £339.00
Senior fee: £339.00
Concession: £207.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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